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    Default Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    Hi

    Does anyone know of a company that runs the RYA Sea Survival course in a atmospheric pool?

    I have some friends that fancy the full, freezing, rolling experience.

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    Default Re: Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    What weird people!

    I've struggled to find a training centre who offers this locally. Personally, I want a warm pool to do this stuff in as it is a learning experience and I want to be able to undertake this activity without bits freezing and falling off.
    Cynical Scottish very nearly retired engineer who sails a Gib'Sea 96.

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    Default Re: Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    Quote Originally Posted by st599 View Post
    Hi

    Does anyone know of a company that runs the RYA Sea Survival course in a atmospheric pool?

    I have some friends that fancy the full, freezing, rolling experience.
    Fleetwood Nautical Campus...

    https://fleetwoodnautical.blackpool.ac.uk/
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    Default Re: Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    I did the course in Hamble, the school (can't remember which, sorry) used the Warsash Maritime College pool. It was pretty atmospheric - storms, waves, lightning etc.
    Most Hamble schools use (or used to use) either the Warsash college or the the Andark pool in Swanwick

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    Default Re: Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    Quote Originally Posted by st599 View Post
    Hi

    Does anyone know of a company that runs the RYA Sea Survival course in a atmospheric pool?

    I have some friends that fancy the full, freezing, rolling experience.
    Andark, they do stcw95 .

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    Default Re: Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    Definitely Warsash, there must be one at Gravesend, probly S.Shields.
    "Now shall the gentleman haul and draw with the mariner"
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    Default Re: Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    We used a beach, and an old liferaft. Well worth it, and free. Kids loved it too. A more realistic water temperature

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    Default Re: Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    I've done a couple of survival courses there and recommend them.

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    Default Re: Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    A good few years ago the environmental simulation of temperature, waves, wind, rain and lightening was stopped at least in Aberdeen schools. It became apparent that it served no purpose and in fact hindered practical learning. This was for oil and gas offshore sea survival. I don't know if this was nationwide, or if it was optional, but it is not a requirement in the OPITO syllabus anymore; perhaps STCW for mariners it is. It's notable that helicopter gearbox failure and oil and gas explosions and ones reaction to them, is not really weather dependent. Both Piper Alpha and Deep Water Horizon were in benign weather. It would be worth asking the centres directly to verify any recommendations. My last survival was 2017 and the water was cool but not unbearably cold.
    "'...contradictions .... are deliberate exercises in doublethink." Orwell from 1984

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    Default Re: Atmospheric Pool for Sea Survival

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohlin Karcher View Post
    Definitely Warsash, there must be one at Gravesend, probly S.Shields.
    Warsash use andark.

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